|May12-11, 05:31 PM||#1|
Distance of Closest Approach
1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
What is the distance of closest approach in terms of the impact parameter and the limiting value of the speed as r tends to infinity?
2. Relevant equations
3. The attempt at a solution
This is not a h/w question, it's an equation I need to do my h/w...
|May12-11, 07:02 PM||#2|
I'm guessing you're working out orbits of massive particles in GR. The key in these sorts of questions is conserved quantities. How far have you managed to get?
|May12-11, 08:54 PM||#3|
Actually this is not GR... It's more like Rutherford scattering... But your point still holds. Energy is conserved since it is motion in a conservative field. I'm supposed to use that equation to derive some approximations by Taylor expansion, etc.
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